Truck Driving School Grants from Federal and Employer Programs

| July 11, 2013 | 11 Comments

Truck Driving School GrantsConsidering a new career as a professional truck driver but finding the cost of driver training to be a prohibitive roadblock standing in your way? The average cost to attend a truck driving school is now around $4,000 to $6,000, leaving many that would like to drive a truck for a living without the ability to pay that expense. You may not realize it, but there are in fact a number of grants and training reimbursement programs out there that can help you attend truck driving school and join the rapidly expanding field of transportation.

Workforce Investment Act
WIA grants are available under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Adult and Dislocated Worker Program. This grant is designed to help workers that have become unemployed due to economic downturns in their particular fields and to people seeking work that do not have the necessary skills to find sustainable employment on their own. Assistance under the WIA program will pay for truck driving school and other types of vocational training. To find out if you are eligible, visit your local One-Stop Career Center.

Trade Adjustment Assistance
TAA grants are offered by to the U.S. Department of Labor to assist displaced workers that have found themselves laid off due to shifting foreign trade. If it is determined that you have lost your job through no fault of your own and the loss of your position is due to a change in international trade, you could receive money to fund retraining and other benefits. Trade adjustment assistance can be used to attend truck driving school and many other vocational training programs. To apply, you may either file an online petition or visit the One-Stop Career Center nearest you.

Driver Training Reimbursement Programs
If you are not eligible for a grant to attend truck driving school, you may still be able to afford this education by signing up with a trucking company that will either pay for your training or reimburse you for that expense if you agree to work for them for a period of time. Each program is a bit different and the commitment you must work for the company funding your education can vary from a number of months to several years. If you are trying to find employment with a specific trucking company, you should inquire directly to find out if that employer offers any type of driver training or reimbursement program. Here are a few companies that offer these programs:

C.R. England
Through partner schools in California, Texas, Utah and Indiana, C.R. England guarantees work upon completion of this driver training program. To speak with a representative or apply, call 1-800-421-9004.

Prime Incorporated
Offers $3,500 for driver training in exchange for a one year employment commitment. To inquire about working with Prime, contact a company recruiter at 1-877-774-6356.

Schneider National
Will pay up to $6,000 in tuition reimbursement received monthly after one month of successful employment. Call a Schneider recruiter at 1-800-447-7433 for more information.

Swift Transportation
A total tuition reimbursement of $3,900 can be paid off by working a total of 26 months for Swift, following graduation. Call 1-866-437-3050 to find out more about the Swift Driving Academy.

Federal Student Grants
Most truck driving school programs are considered too short to use federal grants such as the Pell Grant or FSEOG, but it is not impossible to use these grants to pay for driver training. You may still be able to apply for most federal student aid if the driver training you plan to complete is part of a larger degree program offered by a vocational school or technical college. But as most truck driving schools only take several weeks or months to complete, you can not apply for a federal education grant for these shorter programs.

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  1. Edward Dale Stephenson says:

    i am looking for a grant for cdl traning, i dont want to attend a school that i have to sign on with a company, i want a grant so i can pick which company i want to drive for. please help. Dale Stephenson

    • Jorge Diaz Torres says:

      Mr. Dale I’ve been searching for a CDL trucking school grant. I am very glad I found ur site I am a 34 yr old with no job and I have a lil daughter and I need to get my life together for her. So I come to you asking if you can pls help me sir. Thank you!!

  2. Gory says:

    Wow this is great news for people looking to go to truck driving school

  3. Giovanni says:

    For anyone who is looking for a company sponsored CDL training, Check you CR England, they have a great school. If you have a clean MVR and background they are worth looking into. If you have to get off the truck during the 80k mile training you will not be able to get back on. I had an incident that caused me to have to get off the truck and now I can not reapply for a year, so its back to trucking school..ugh! Make sure all your ducks are in a row before you leave! They are very safety conscious, and have great equipment…avoid young ray as a trainer he sleeps while your driving!

    • Thank you for the inside information, Giovanni!

    • Kipp Shives says:

      Hey, thanks for the information on C.R. England, Giovanni. I’ve added it to our listing of company provided training programs. If anyone knows about other great training opportunities like this please let us know.

      • Jennifer says:

        There is a driving school (cdl) called AAA Truck Driving School located in Phila., Pa and West Chester, Pa. I spoke to a recruiter several times then called and spoke to another recruiter to see if info matched it did. Then I contact numerous companies that the school claimed to have relationship with for hiring their students. Every one I called checked out. They have full time and part time evening and weekend classes. It is worth a try just look them up on line they give u all the info.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Dear Sirs, Please do not I repeat do not put me on an e mail list. I am only looking for an answer from your organization. I have found the Trucking School that I wish to attend. I have spent hours searching sites for scholarships and grants specifically for Trucking School to earn my CDL. I need help. I contacted numerous grant writers none of which work in this particular area. I have followed every lead. What I am asking of you is do you have a service that helps people apply for grants and scholarships? I am willing to pay a fee. The prob with tuition reimburse is that you still have to pay up front. Pls help or steer me to someone who can. Thank you, Jennifer

    • Kipp Shives says:

      Hi, Jennifer. No, I’m sorry. Grants Guys is merely an informational service. We don’t do grant making or grant application work. Most of those grants look like they are a pretty simple application process. Maybe you could get a friend to help you fill them out? Good luck with it. We hope you get your CDL so you can start your new career.

  5. Rajesh Prasad says:

    I am looking for a CDL training grant so I have a choice to drive for a local company as I cannot afford to sign a contract to drive coast to coast reason being I have a young family and they need me home. At the moment I am unemployed and desperately in need of a job. I do have a CDL but it is on an automatic vehicle and companies are not hiring me for that reason and I cannot afford to do another training on my own. If you can please help me.

  6. Gabriel D says:

    First off I would like to say it is truly a blessing I found your website Thank God there are programs who give grants to those who are willing to be educated again. I am a 34 year old with no job and driving. I love being out on the road it has always been a passion of mine I really love to work independently or with others I am a leader who leads by example not just words… but at this point in my life I am truly desperate and I am in need of a grant to help me get my life back together and back on my feet… driving for a living has always been a passion of mine and I am willing to do whatever it takes to get a grant. Thank you for your time God bless Gabriel Dominguez

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